ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent Review

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Summary

This ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 review will be looking at the pros and cons of one of the most popular one-man tents on the market. ALPS Mountaineering is a company founded by Dennis Brune in 1993. Since its inception, the brand has continued to grow and offer high-quality gear that is affordable to all outdoor enthusiasts. The Lynx 1 is a well-balanced tent that has an easy set-up and offers great value for money. Without further ado, let’s get this Alps Lynx review under away!

Specification

  • Weight: 4lb 4oz (1.93kg)
  • Area: 20 sq. ft (1.86m²).
  • Base: 2’8 x 7’6 (229 x 81cm)
  • Design: Free-standing
  • Fabric: 75D 185T polyester fly with 1500mm coating

Who is the Lynx for?

We would say the Lynx is perfect for individuals who like to go on weekend adventures. It’s a reliable tent that will offer protection in 3-seasons of the year. Its 4lb 4oz weight makes it great those who want to be light on their feet, although there are lighter tents available, like the Big Agnes UL.

Pros

  • Durable, yet lightweight
  • Vestibule storage
  • Easy set-up
  • Great ventilation
  • Mesh storage pockets.
  • Sealed-seams for weather protection

Cons

  • There are better options for lightweight backpacking
  • No footprint included

Size

The tent covers an area of 7’2” x 2’8”, and gives 3’ of head room. It is built to give one person enough space to live comfortably. The tent is made bigger thanks the vestibules that allow users to store their camping gear outside the sleeping area.

The Lynx is very portable tent with dimensions of just 6″ x 17.5” and a weight of just 4lb 4oz. It’s not the lightest tent, but this is an ideal weight for one person adventures.

Materials + Weather

The lynx is a 3-season tent that is designed to keep you safe from the elements. It has an upper mesh construction with bottom portion a waterproof polyester fabric. This mesh interior improves ventilation, while the fly and base prevent water leakage. As such, the tent will keep users dry throughout the duration of the trip. Two vents provide additional airflow when the weather turns humid. These vents can be opened and closed to create the perfect living conditions.

Pitching

The Lynx has a free-standing design that can be moved even when set-up. You will want to use the guy-lines to secure the tent down, especially in high-winds.

It’s an easy to set-up, even for first-time users.  Now, the tent doesn’t come with a footprint, but these can be bought separately if you wish to protect the underside of your tent.

How to set-up: Unravel the tent onto the ground. Attach the poles to the grommets of the tent, creating an X criss-cross. Clip the body of the tent to the poles. To finish, cover the tent with the rain-fly, then stake-out the guy-lines.

Storage

The problem with many 1-person tents is that they don’t provide much storage space. The Lynx 1 provides a solution thanks to a large vestibule which offers an additional 10 sq ft of space for your camping gear. Vestibules are great as you can keep your wet or dirty gear separate from your sleeping area. Lynx offer two mesh pockets too, one at either end of the tent.  

Verdict

We hope this Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 review has helped you to gain a better perspective of this tent. To sum up, we think this is a great all-rounder, especially for the budget conscious camper. You would think with all these features that the cost would be high compared to other tents, but this is not the case.

It’s light enough for overnight adventures, but not quite light enough to make our list of the top 1-man backpacking tents. The tent is suitable for motorbike camping, hunting, or fishing.

Unlike many other 1-person tents, the Lynx 1 has plenty of storage space thanks to the vestibule. In fact, they offer a massive 10 square feet of extra space.

ALPS is so confident in their products that they are willing to offer a limited lifetime warranty on the Lynx 1 tent. The company insists that you contact them as soon as you experience as problems with your tent.

Overall, I like the Lynx as it has many strengths but very few weaknesses. The only wish is that it was a few lbs lighter. It will keep you safe from the weather, regardless of what it throws at you. You may want to view our other recommended 1-person backpacking tents.

FAQ

Does the Lynx 1 tent come with stakes?

Yes, the tent comes with guy-lines and stakes for you to secure the tent down in bad weather.

Does this Lynx come with footprint?

No, you will not receive a footprint with this tent. However, you shouldn’t really need one as the floor has a durable construction. You can purchase a footprint separately for extra protection if you want it.

Can I use this tent during the winter?

The tent is made for 3-season use, although you should be fine in cold weather if you have a winter sleeping bag.

Can a 6ft person sit-up in this tent?

Yes. I am 5’10” and there is plenty of room before I hit the ceiling.

Will the tent keep out bugs?

Yes. The tent is fully-screened.

Is there enough room for my 58L backpack?

Yes. You can store your backpack in the area provided by the vestibule.

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